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Lecture 12: “Mozi: Impartial Caring for All”
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Two Conflicting Views about Mozi (fl. 479- 438 BCE, ca. 480-390 BCE) “Mozi is arguably the first true philosopher of China known to us” (Ivanhoe, p. 59). “[I]t [Mozi’s] is a view of the ideal society and how to achieve it] is a view very difficult to reconcile with either Confucian or contemporary Taoist values” (Mote, p. 78).
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Who Was Mozi? His name (Mo Di): “Mo” can mean “black, ink, the dark mark of a brand or tatoo.” A craftsman-builder by trade from the lower laborer class of society. Possibly a student of some Confucian scholars. “[Mozi] was one who had a true love for the world. He failed to achieve all he aimed for, yet, wasted and worn with exhaustion, he never ceased trying. He was indeed a gentleman of ability!” His model was Yu, the legendary founder of the Xia Dynasty ( Zhuangzi , Ch. 33)
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Similarities between Confucianism and Mohism: Seriousness of social commitment. The use of knowledge about the past to
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ASIAN 361 taught by Professor Shuen-fulin during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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